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David Holmes

David Holmes

Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies, Monash University

David is a political analyst, social theorist and media scholar. He completed a major in Media Studies at Swinburne University, a BA (Hons) in Politics and Social Theory and a PhD in Social Theory (Department of the History and Philosophy of Science) from the University of Melbourne, where he was awarded the Dwight prize for political science.

He is author or editor of four books in the sociology of communications including: Virtual Politics: Identity and Community in Cyberspace (Sage 1997) and Virtual Globalisation: Virtual Spaces, Tourist Spaces (Routledge 2001), Communication Theory: Media, Technology and Society (Sage 2005) and a Key Concepts in Media and Communications (Sage 2011) co-authored with Paul Jones (UNSW) Over eleven years, he has also co-authored four editions of an analysis of Australian society: Australian sociology (2003, 2007 and 2011, 2014) with Roberta Julian and Katie Hughes. For the last two editions he has written a new chapter on the sociology of climate change.

Fake news and god's wrath: extreme hurricane politics in the US

Sep 11, 2017 08:16 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics Nature

The devastating scenes of destruction and flooding in the Bahamas and the southern states of the US have captivated the world for many weeks now. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Hurricane Jose soon to follow, have stolen...

With battery storage to the rescue, the Kodak moment for renewables has finally arrived

Mar 20, 2017 02:12 am UTC| Technology

Who would have thought that, scarcely five weeks after Treasurer Scott Morrison, paraded a chunk of coal in parliament, planning for Australias energy needs would be dominated by renewables, batteries and hydro? For...

Playing politics with renewables: how the right is losing its way

Feb 25, 2017 13:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

This summer has seen a concerted attack on renewable energy coming out of Canberra, featuring everyone from One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts to Coalition ministers channelling the far right of their party. So absurd and...

Climate Change Series

'We must keep the lights on': how a cyclone was used to attack renewables

Oct 04, 2016 08:17 am UTC| Nature

The mid-latitude cyclone with no name that hit South Australia last week, spawning two tornadoes and 80,000 electricity strikes, destroyed 22 massive transmission towers carrying electricity across the state. The...

Social Media Revolution Series

Climate Change Series

Climate change makes a comeback – with the help of social media

Jun 14, 2016 07:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

In what has been shaping up as the election that forgot climate change, there are signs emerging in the Coalitions election campaign that it is starting to listen to polls, its own focus groups and social media chat on...

Climate Change Series

Why has climate change disappeared from the Australian election radar?

May 23, 2016 09:33 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Two weeks into a protracted election campaign, it is looking ever-more likely that climate change is to be placed way down the order of business at least for the major parties. The contest over climate change that...

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Economy

UK gilts surge ahead of September employment report, October consumer price inflation data

The UK gilts surged Monday as investors wait to watch the countrys employment report for the month of September, scheduled to be released on November 13 by 09:30GMT. Also, Octobers consumer price inflation (CPI) report,...

New Zealand’s retail card spending rises in October, following two consecutive months of strong growth

New Zealands retail spending on electronic cards increased 0.1 percent m/m in October (seasonally adjusted), on the back of two consecutive monthly rises in excess of 1 percent, supported by the Families Package. Small...

Chinese yuan likely to range trade prior to Trump-Xi Summit, remain susceptible to US-China bilateral relations: Scotiabank

The Chinese yuan is expected to range trade prior to the Trump-Xi Summit set for 1 December, while remaining susceptible to the headlines on US-China bilateral relations, according to the latest research report from...

JGBs remain mixed as investors await 30-year auction, Q3 GDP

The Japanese government bonds remained mixed on the first trading day of the week Monday, as investors wait to watch the countrys 30-year auction and the gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter of this year,...

Australian bonds gain along with U.S. Treasuries amid equities sell-off; October employment report eyed

Australian government bonds gained across the curve during Asian session on Monday as investors moved to safe-haven buying due to global equities sell-off on Chinas economic growth worries and worry of further escalation...

Politics

Threats remain to US voting system – and voters' perceptions of reality

As the 2018 midterms proceed, there are still significant risks to the integrity of the voting system and information warfare continues to try to influence the American publics choices when they cast their ballots. On...

View from The Hill: Katter waves Section 44 stick in a 'notice North Queensland' moment

On the day independent Kerryn Phelps was officially declared the winner in Wentworth, a shot was fired across Scott Morrisons bows to remind him of the challenge of managing a now-hung parliament. It came not from...

Religion and refugees are deeply entwined in the US

Robert Bowers lashed out at what he believed to be a Jewish plot to bring more refugees and asylum seekers to the U.S. before allegedly murdering 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Bowerss claim that...

International election observers evaluating US midterm elections will face limitations

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, is sending international election observers to the 2018 U.S. midterm election. American voters may be surprised to learn such visits are routine. In...

Ideologically motivated far-right extremists have killed close to 500 people since 1990 – and 10 percent were targeted based on religion

The mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh exemplifies an increasingly deadly form of domestic terrorism committed by far-right extremists: the targeting of institutions and individuals due to their...

Science

Dramatic galaxy collision filled the Milky Way with stars, astronomers discover

Imagine trying to map out your home town using only information you could gather from your window. Even with a pair of binoculars youd find it a difficult task. Mapping out our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is a similarly...

How thoughtful, content-rich tutorials can help science students learn

Learning is not a spectator sport. Students need to make what they learn a part of their everyday lives. Tutorials are an excellent way to achieve this at university level. When theyre properly designed, tutorials can be...

Curious Kids: If a star explodes, will it destroy Earth?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions theyd like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome: find out how to enter at the bottom. You might...

Explainer: what any country can and can't do in Antarctica, in the name of science

Antarctica is owned by no one, but there are plenty of countries interested in this frozen island continent at the bottom of the Earth. While there are some regulations on who can do what there, scientific research has...

We've spotted signs of collisions that may finally help us prove that supermassive black holes exist

Observations of nature tend to throw up unexpected results and new mysteries whether youre investigating the rain forest or outer space. When radio astronomy took off in the 1950s, we had no idea that it would lead to the...

Technology

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Latest News & Update: Is It Worth Buying?

Red Dead Redemption 2 is considered by many to be one of the best games that have ever graced the gaming community. IGN scored it with a perfect 10, GamesRadar gave it a perfect 5, and Metacritic praised it with a 97...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, News & Update: Is Lingering Will Included in the Upcoming Game?

Kingdom Hearts 3 is nearing its release date and fans of the franchise cant wait to have Sora, Donald, and Goofy explore the expansive world of the Disney universe. And thanks to the recently released trailer by Xbox, this...

‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ Release Date, News & Update: Will the Game Be Faithful to Its Original Source?

Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the most anticipated video games of the gaming community even though its release date isnt dropping anytime soon. Heavily derived from its predecessor, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a...

MacBook Air 2018 Review, Latest News & Update: Is the Subnotebook Worth it?

The MacBook Air 2018 has been recently released and fans of its predecessor are thrilled that Apple outfitted the device with several needed enhancements. However, the improvements given on the subnotebook led it to cost...

Alternative Torrent Sites That Can Replace The Piratebay During Recent Crackdowns

With the increased restrictions imposed on Torrent sites and other piracy channels, people are asking whats the most reliable domains out there. As can be expected, Piratebay still remains the king of BitTorrent websites...
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